An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission to Beacon Medical Group (BMG) to construct a co-located hospital at Cork University Hospital (CUH) . The 32,893 sqm state-of-the-art hospital will comprise 175 single rooms with eight CCU beds, six operating theatres, ambulatory surgery and full diagnostics incorporating almost E26 million worth of equipment.
The hospital will mirror the case mix of the public hospital, in that all specialties catered for in the public hospital will also be catered for in the co-located hospital, both medical and surgical, with the exception of national specialties.
Under the terms of the Project Agreement signed by BMG, the HSE and CUH, the co-located hospital’s facilities and staff will also be available to CUH for the care of public patients when CUH requires additional capacity.
The new facility will represent an investment of almost E250 million and Beacon is confident of achieving private funding once final contracts are signed off by the HSE and Department of Health.
Beacon Medical has now secured planning permission for three co-located hospitals — at CUH, the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick and Beaumont Hospital — which together will be capable of treating more than 30,000 inpatients per annum.